Human error blamed for Niagara Falls sewage dump

A worker’s error caused the inky, foul-smelling discharge that blackened the water near the base of Niagara Falls last weekend, according to a statement released Friday night.

The water board in the city of Niagara Falls, N.Y., said a worker who had been monitoring the discharge was called away to another section of the wastewater treatment plant to help with another job.

When he came back, the outflow from the basin he was monitoring “had grown darker in colour,” the statement says.

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